Hygiene

Fact Sheet

Water Security and Sanitation at USAID

USAID’s water and sanitation assistance has resulted in millions of people gaining access to improved drinking water and sanitation services. Reliable access to safe water and sanitation saves lives, reduces extreme poverty, and makes communities more resilient. Investments in water and sanitation are critical for progress in nearly all aspects of global development.

This fact sheet provides data to describe the water crisis and to illustrate the success of USAID's efforts in helping communities around the world to access improved water and sanitation services.

PhotoEssay

Hunger Will Disappear: Building Resilience in Niger (Photo Essay)

This photo essay was created by USAID in Exposure. It highlights the work USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, which has partnered since 2012 with Catholic Relief Services to improve rural households’ resilience to recurrent shocks, such as droughts and floods, and reduce food insecurity in Niger’s Maradi and Zinder regions. The partnership uses a multi-pronged approach to strengthen agriculture, livelihoods, health, education and other sectors, benefiting about 600,000 people.

Webinar

How Bad Is It? Using the 'Right' Tools for Assessing WASH in Healthcare Facilities

A 2015 report from UNICEF and WHO found that limited data exists on the status of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCF).  Few assessments have been conducted and even fewer collect data beyond the basic coverage of WASH within a HCF. In order to determine the extent of the problem and develop an action plan to address gaps, more comprehensive assessments are needed.

Brief

How to Design Handwashing Facilities that Change Behaviour

In a crisis, humanitarians are often responsible for providing or repairing handwashing infrastructure for the affected population. This creates an opportunity for us to build infrastructure and provide products which encourage people to practice handwashing with soap.

Wash'Em developed this guide to assist humanitarian actors in designing handwashing facilities that can actually change behavior.

Report

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of USAID/Nigeria’s Livelihood Project – WASH and Nutrition Component (IR3)

The 5-year Feed the Future (FtF), Nigeria Livelihoods Project (2013–2018), implemented by Catholic Relief Service, supported impoverished households in Nigeria to boost their agriculture production and incomes, and improve nutrition. The project involved four main components of cross-sectoral community-based interventions. This cost-effective analysis (CEA) focuses on the WASH and nutrition component, designed to promote optimal nutrition, provide water and sanitation access, and improve hygiene practices through interventions in WASH and nutrition areas. 

Activity

Afghanistan Jobs Creation Project

Central to the USAID/Afghanistan Plan for Transition Strategy is a focus on improving opportunities for private sector-led economic growth to replace donor assistance and increase Government of Afghanistan (GoA) revenue. The Economic Growth Consolidated Project Appraisal Document addresses this broad strategic issue and focuses on strengthening elements of the Afghan economy leading to economic growth, private sector development and increased employment opportunities.

Activity

Tuberculosis CARE1

Challenge TB (CTB) is a five year global United States Agency for International Development (USAID)- funded project implemented by the CTB partnership with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation (KNCV) as the prime. The project builds and expands upon previous USAID tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment efforts. As the lead partner for the CTB project in Mozambique, FHI 360 provides technical leadership to the project, ensuring coordination, management and monitoring of the project activities at the country level.

Activity

Uganda Sanitation for Health Activity

Uganda remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with almost a quarter of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. Economic and human development in Uganda is inhibited by inadequate sanitary conditions at households, schools, and health centers, which cost the country the equivalent of $177 million per year in lost productivity and medical costs, according to the Water and Sanitation Program.

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Communication for Better Health/Communication for Health Communities

Communication for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a 5-year, USAID funded project whose goal is to support Government of Uganda and partners to design and implement quality health communication interventions that contribute to reduction in HIV Infections, total fertility, maternal & child mortality, malnutrition, malaria & tuberculosis (TB). To achieve this, the project uses innovative health communication (HC) approaches, capacity strengthening, increased collaboration among partners, and rigorous research and knowledge management for health communication.